If you decide to keep the dog, the "issues" you are having are not difficult to fix. Crate the dog. That takes care of some of your issues. Train more effectively (not more...more effectively). Burn the books you got, go on youtube, and check out some videos. Mike Ellis is one of the people you should look toward. There are dozens. Work with a trainer 1:1 to educate yourself on how to teach your dog. But, unless you have serious aggression issues, I don't see a need for 1:1 if you are willing to educate yourself from online sources.
I do have a crate, in fact I have two, one upstairs and one downstairs. See my post from a few weeks ago about how I felt having her crated all the time. https://www.germanshepherds.com/foru...her-crate.html
And I've been scouring the internet, youtube, etc since before she came home. Sometimes I feel like I spend all day watching videos or trying to find an answer on this or that topic. My problem I guess is that I have a hard time applying what I learn to my personal situation. For example, none of the videos I've watched about cats being introduced to puppies are helpful at all. The animals never seem anywhere near as tense as my cats and puppy do when they're even in view of each other.
Originally Posted by Kennaandkurama
Your Breeder definitely did you dirty by saying she’s on the ‘ calm’ side. Probably didn’t get to know the pup too well and assumed her behavior much too young. This isn’t your fault, and there’s no shame in contacting them about the pup. Definitely get a crate.. I use an e collar which may seem like a cruel tool, but I only use the vibrate option unless it’s a life or death situation. If she doesn’t like to pay attention after you telling and telling her to stop, an e collar could aid seriously in getting her attention. Only use this if the dog has good nerves, you don’t want to scare her into submission. Also try bonding more, try hand feeding and some serious one on one time, you need her to have respect for you which she may lack.
Yeah the breeder thing was a little sketchy. We let them know from the start that we were new to GSDs and wanted one that was less hyper. Two of the female puppies were absolutely crazy, biting and attacking everything in sight. One grabbed hold of my foot through my sock and would not let go. They had 3 that they said were more quiet, but the one we wanted was picked by someone ahead of us in line, one didn't seem interested in us at all, the third liked my husband but didn't seem interested in me. Savannah seemed really quiet and sat on my lap and licked me and didn't bite at all. So I asked about her and was told "she was worse when she was younger but now she's calmed down a lot". So we picked her and only when she was home and comfortable with us did she show her crazy bitey side.
And we've done the hand feeding with the puppy class, I still feed her a large portion of her diet by hand when I'm training or walking with her. Honestly she does better sometimes when we're out and about than she does at home. Seems kind of backwards.
Originally Posted by germanshepowner
After the puppy was a bit older, someone suggested I just let the cats and the puppy work it out. I was outraged until one day, I was exhausted and thought to **** with it. The dog learned to treat the cats way better after one cat slap (I have the best cats who never scratch) and now the household is at peace! You’ll survive this too
I've tried that too, my male cat clobbered her multiple times right on the nose and she didn't seem to even notice. And he is not a small cat, he's a maine coon and almost fearless in most situations. His one weakness is his fear of feeling trapped (bad experiences with the vet). He also has a moderate heart murmur, and when he is stressed, he'll start shaking uncontrollably. So far the vet and now the puppy chasing/cornering him are almost the only things I've seen to get that response from him. I even have a video of when they first met, he was completely fine with her and they sniffed each other and interacted great, until he decided he'd had enough of being poked at and left the room.. and she chased him. It was all downhill from there.
Please don't take this is the wrong way, but why was a puppy your choice of pet? Any puppy take months/years to train, and some breeds are so much more active/challenging than others. If a German Shepherd was exactly what you've always wanted, maybe return this pup and search for an adult in a foster home with cats. One more thought, if my math is right she was twelve weeks when you got her. A few weeks older than normal. Was she at the breeders the whole time or is this her second home.
I wanted a dog because I have some anxiety about being alone, and I want to spend much more time outdoors/hiking etc. My husband works a lot and is kind of reclusive when he's off work, so I need a companion to go out with, and one big enough to deter random strangers from, you know, "unwanted interactions". She was available at 8 weeks but I asked the breeder to hold her till 10 weeks as I was finishing up a temp job and wanted to have all my time to spend getting to know her. But even all the time in the world doesn't seem like enough and especially not now that my husband is barely able to walk.